Aspen High boys lacrosse team heads east |

Aspen High boys lacrosse team heads east

Aspen's RJ Peshek looks for an opening during a Skiers' victory earlier this year at snow-cleared Aspen School District Stadium.
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The Skiers are heading east.

The Aspen High School boys lacrosse team closed the pre-spring break portion of the schedule this week with a 9-3 victory over visiting Grand Junction on a rainy evening at Aspen School District Stadium.

The Skiers, who reached the state semifinals last season, will take the win over the Tigers and their 3-1 overall record on a spring break lacrosse trip to the East Coast next week.

The Aspen boys, who took a similar lacrosse trip to Florida last spring break, will play two scrimmages and one official game while on Long Island.

The Skiers will scrimmage Kellenberg Memorial High School of New York on March 24.

The next day, the Aspen boys will scrimmage Staples High School, also of New York.

On March 26, Aspen will play Long Beach High School of Long Island in an official game, sanctioned by the activities associations in New York and Colorado.

Before going east, the Skiers won a hard-fought home game against an improving Grand Junction High School boys team.

“It was a good game for us,” Aspen head coach Mike Goerne said. “We had a little trouble late with the wet sticks … wet pockets. It makes it difficult to control the ball.”

He said Grand Junction played a strong first half with the Skiers leading only 4-1.

“Grand Junction’s level of athleticism and team play gets better every year,” Goerne said. “But we stayed on our game.”

He said the Tigers covered the crease in front of their goal, forcing the Skiers to attack from the midfield.

“Six of our goals came from the midfield,” Goerne said. “The rest came from the attack.”

He said midfielder John Heaphey scored a pair of goals as did teammates Jonathan Wells, Tyler Tick and Ryan Fitzgerald.

Henry Godfrey added a goal in the Aspen victory.

“Our defense played great,” Goerne said. “Art (Kelso) had some big stops in goal. And we weathered the penalties.”

After the spring break trip to the prep lacrosse hotbed of Long Island, the Skiers will return home to host Colorado Class 5A power Grandview on April 3.

Aspen’s only loss this year came at 5A Arapahoe 16-11.

The Skiers’ earlier victories came over Durango (23-2) and Montrose (20-0). A key conference game for the Skiers will be the April 7 home game against Steamboat Springs.

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